Straighter teeth can enhance the look of your smile. This can have a positive impact on your confidence and self-image. However, the benefits of teeth straightening run deeper than cosmetics alone. Straighter teeth are less of a challenge to clean, which means achieving good dental health is made that much easier. These benefits can be enjoyed at any age. While braces are commonly thought of as a treatment for children or teenagers, adults also stand to gain.
Braces can be fixed or removable and even come in more discreet varieties. You can explore your options for braces at many dental practices across Cambridgeshire, including Burwell Dental in Cambridge. Fixed, removable and Six Month Smiles braces are all available at this modern practice.
Fixed versus removable
Fixed braces use brackets attached to the teeth, connected together by wires. These fixtures cannot be removed for the duration of your treatment. Although fixed braces are traditionally metal, a subtler alternative is now available in Six Month Smiles. This technology uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets for a less conspicuous look.
Removable braces, as the name suggests, can be taken off. This makes cleaning your teeth during your treatment easier than with fixed braces. However removable braces are generally not able to treat more severe cases of crowding or misalignment, which fixed braces can tackle. Instead, they are used to move individual or small groups of teeth. Unlike fixed braces, they can be used before all your adult teeth have come through.
You can ask a dentist to find out which braces will work best in your case.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment times vary depending on several factors, including:
- How crooked your teeth are to begin with;
- Whether you are using fixed or removable braces;
- How well you take care of and clean your braces.
If you decide to invest in braces treatment, you will have regular dental check-ups to track the progress of your teeth. On completion of your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in their new straightened positions. You can then enjoy your new look and the dental health benefits that come with straighter teeth.